Apple's iPad Air Adopts IGZO Technology for Thinner, Lower-Power Displays

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  1. RJCP macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    I wish I got a faulty ONE... It was more like 4 faulty ones. Gave up after the 4th.
  2. Shane1905 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2012
    Just noticed the same thing, it has to be the touch sensor, no way that takes up 70% of the thickness, with all the others it leaves just 15% for the touch sensor which seems more reasonable.
  3. elev8d macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    Got my iPad Air. First tablet I've owned. I used it all weekend and didn't need to recharge it. I charged it overnight Sunday, and I'm at 86% battery life right now. I've been using it pretty frequently, watching a few videos here and there, reading Game of Thrones, and surfing the web.
  4. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    No, that's AMOLED displays, what Samsung's been using.

    No, because the battery life isn't any better - it's the same. If they had improved battery life they would have been talking about how they reduced the thickness of the device by xxx amount while also increasing battery life.
  5. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    No. And no. :rolleyes:
  6. got2go macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2010
    The display tech in the iphone is more power efficient than IGZO, as noted by the report comparing the ipad air screen to the kindle.

    Its also more expensive and thicker at tablet sizes which is why they went with IGZO in the iPad.
  7. LagunaSol macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Forget the thinness. The thicker 4/4S and the 5c feel better in the hand than the thinner 5/5S IMO. Shrink the components but use the extra space for more battery.
  8. Moongrass macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    The illustration doesn't show how much of the whole each component takes up, but rather by how much each component has reduced in thickness. Thus, it shows that the touch sensor has been reduced by 70%, not that the sensor alone constitutes 70% of the display's overall thickness.
  9. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Now if they could just make their screens uniformly white, without yellow blotches, dirty tinges or dark shadows at the edges, they'd have a winner.

    Seriously, WTF happened to Apple quality control? I've been through 3 ipads (ipad 3, 4, and air) that have all had screen problems.
  10. Wiesenlooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    And still - the screen is not bonded to the
    Glass surface. Why?
  11. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    Those numbers represent the reduction in component thickness, not the current breakdown of thickness of each component. Notice the subtraction sign in front of each number, they're not hyphens.
  12. Caetano macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    good one
  13. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    The real news here seems to be the quality of the display in the new Kindle.
    It's amazing to see something with 30% more resolution, better color accuracy, and less reflectivity, at a much lower price.

    A shame that it's a 16:10 panel and running Android though.
    Hopefully we will see other devices with similar quality panels without having to wait a full year.

    I'm looking for something to stream videos to, so display quality is my main priority over anything else.
  14. freediverdude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 26, 2006
    I got mine last night in the mail- it really is impressive. Same thickness as the mini, just a little bit larger width and height-wise. Text is much easier to read than on the mini. I played with it all night, and could only get the battery down to 69%, lol. Holding it in bed was fine, and I was used to my mini. I think this one is a keeper.
  15. Oberhorst macrumors member


    Nov 4, 2010
    That'd be amazing. I'd prefer 14" though. Could fit in the frame of the current 13" MacBook Air.
  16. RJCP macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    I think some of the biggest fault is in the consumers' hands for blindingly accepting that Apple is without fault and accepting that these issues are normal and not returning their equipments. If Apple was drowned with returns and exchanges, they'd be forced to tighten quality control or at least to give a public explanation (like what happened with the Antenna-gate and Scuff-gate).
  17. emseven macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    The rumors only site a 12" display that fits in the 11" body with no bezel...
  18. herbapou macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2011
    Actually the 5s used LTPS, which is already a low power screen, making the 5s IGZO would not changed anything.


    They are still the first to used it in high volume.
  19. tobeornottobe macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    Apple is still on the treadmill to thinning devices. Imagine iPhone 6 half as thin as the iPhone 5. The thickest part of the iPhone 6 would probably be the headphone jack. Wow.

    Do you guys think apple will re invent the headphone jack just to thin the devices even more??
  20. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I don't think so. IGZO just changes the materials used inside the display, they look the same. It is nothing that the end user needs to worry about, so they just say thinner, lighter, faster and with the same/better battery life.
  21. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    Is this why the ipad air display doesn't look as good, contrasty or sharp as some of the previous generation displays?
  22. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yeah, contains a lot of O2. :)
  23. Jensend macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    The Fire HDX 8.9" is actually closer in display size to the Retina iPad Mini:,9-inch-16x10-vs-7,9-inch-4x3

    And the price is almost the same as the Retina Mini. $394 without the Special Offers discount. The memory upgrades are much more reasonably priced at $50 for each doubling, though.
  24. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    The new kindle fire uses something even better then IGZO


    Id still take a ipad any day over any android tablet right now
  25. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    The graphic describes how much each component has been shrunk in terms of its own thickness, not what proportion of the total thickness that component comprises. That's why the total is not 100%.

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